Liverpool FC duo winning fitness race
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Pepe Reina and Jonjo Shelvey will be able to play for Liverpool FC in their Premier League clash with Wigan this weekend.
Shelvey has been out due to a thigh issue, while Reina has been missing from the side since October with an injury to his hamstring.
Rodgers confirmed to Liverpool FC‘s official website that Shelvey is back training and that Reina was in fact very close to being fit to face Chelsea last weekend.
“Jonjo will be back into training so he’ll be fine (for the weekend),” he said.
“Pepe has been back in training. He was very close to last weekend [at Chelsea]. He’ll be available for the weekend.
“He made a great commitment to show he’s fighting for his place here in the group. He was called into the Spanish squad, but stayed here to ensure he was fit and strong – and he’s been training all week.”
Rodgers has now admitted that he may face a goalkeeper selection headache after the success of Brad Jones in between the sticks.
“Brad has done terrific. I’ve said before, and I’ll repeat again, Pepe Reina is our No.1 goalkeeper. He’s been an outstanding goalkeeper for this football club,” Rodgers added.
“I know from speaking to him that he’s committed and very determined to continue at a very high level for the next nine – 10 years. He’s been a model professional since I came in here, and I talk regularly with him to try and improve his game and help him get back to the level he wants to get to.
“It’s good to have two good goalkeepers. Brad has stepped in and has been excellent. Now I have a choice to make for the weekend.”
Brendan Rodgers has also confirmed that Lucas Leiva, who has been injured since August, is near to a return to action.